Sun News Digest


September 05, 2004


Slow-moving Frances pounds Fla.

Hurricane Frances, weakened to a Category 2 storm, slowly made its way to Florida's coast yesterday, knocking out electricity for as many as 2 million and whipping up winds of more than 90 mph. The storm's slow progress has forced Floridians to brace themselves for longer than they had expected. [Page 1a]

New polls give Bush an edge

Sen. John Kerry and President Bush are gearing up for a tight fall campaign that could well go down to the wire. The candidates appear to be nearly tied in electoral votes, but the president opened a lead over his challenger in two polls. [Page 1a]


As deaths climb, survivors speak

The shocked survivors of Russia's school siege began to tell their stories yesterday, describing 52 hours of horror, death and chaos. Last night, authorities said that they had pulled 210 bodies from the now sealed-off ruins of Middle School No. 1 and that the number of dead exceeded 340, nearly half of them children. [Page 1a]

20 die in Iraq car bombing

A suicide car bomb killed at least 20 Iraqis outside a police academy in northern Iraq, the deadliest of several attacks around the country yesterday. Earlier in the day, U.S. and Iraqi forces battled insurgents near Mosul, killing at least 11. [Page 20a]


Lamone's woes rooted in 1994

Republican efforts to remove Maryland elections chief Linda H. Lamone are rooted in the 1994 gubernatorial election in which Democrat Parris N. Glendening edged Republican Ellen Sauerbrey by fewer than 6,000 votes. The episode taught the GOP about the importance of controlling the state's elections machinery. [Page 1b]


Ponson, O's shut out Yanks

Sidney Ponson continued his second-half surge, and the Orioles continued their winning ways in the process, beating the host New York Yankees, 7-0. Ponson pitched a two-hitter to win for the seventh time in eight decisions in the second half. By clinching the series victory, the O's won their sixth straight after losing 12 in a row. [Page 1d]

Terps outlast Northern Ill.

This time, the Maryland football team held off charging Northern Illinois to prevail, 23-20, in the season opener for both teams in College Park. The No. 22 Terps, who led 17-2 in the second half, denied the Huskies their second upset in as many seasons with the help of Nick Novak's three field goals. [Page 1d]

Missed kicks give LSU win

The No. 4 Louisiana State football team capitalized on three missed extra points by Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna to defeat the visiting Beavers, 22-21, in overtime. Despite allowing a touchdown in the extra period, defending co-national champion LSU escaped with the win on Serna's last miss. [Page 7d]


Hopkins' footprint grows

The crowded campus of Johns Hopkins Hospital is about to be transformed, with facilities being shuffled to make space for two tall clinical towers - an $800-plus million construction project that will replace half the current hospital over the next four years. [Page 1a]

Countdown to retirement

The economic ground is shifting for millions of Americans in their 50s and early 60s who find themselves forced to reconsider their dreams of a comfortable retirement. With so many possible sources of retirement income, figuring which one to tap first can be complicated. [Page 3c]

New pressures on tourism

Maryland's 2004 summer tourism season may be remembered mostly for its unpredictability, buffeted by swings in the weather, gas prices and terrorism alerts. Tourists are planning more last-minute and shorter trips, with the Internet and low-fare offers providing more choice and competition. [Page 1c]


Movie audiences shrinking

Movie studios made money, but movie-going in the United States was down for a second straight year. Box office tracking experts say the film industry took in $4 billion this summer, up about 3.6 percent over last year, but attendance was down more than 4 percent from two years ago. [Page 5e]

Freebies? Reporters form a line

Members of the media in New York for the Republican National Convention last week were treated to an array of free and discounted goods and services, part of a city-driven charm offensive. There were plenty of perks for journalists - at least those unhampered by ethical concerns. [Page 7e]



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